Red Lion Square deeds

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Deeds, leases, mortgages and associated documents, 1685/6-1968, relating to the properties in Red Lion Square, Lambs Conduit Passage and Theobalds Road, acquired by South Place Ethical Society in the 1920s and now the site of Conway Hall and its associated meeting spaces, library and offices. Mortgages, conveyances and associated documents relating to 25 Red Lion Square. Leases and associated documents relating to nos.14-20 Lambs Conduit Passage, built c.1686-1688 on land formerly part of Red Lion Fields, Holborn. The site of these properties is now occupied largely by Conway Hall. Leases, mortgages and other documents relating to nos. 49 and 51 Theobalds Road: houses and shops built c.1882, purchased by SPES and incorporated into the Conway Hall site in 1925.

Administrative / Biographical History

In October 1922 South Place Ethical Society purchased a site in Red Lion Square, Holborn, in order to build a new headquarters, having outgrown its original chapel in Finsbury. In 1925 the Society acquired the freehold of 51 Theobalds Road, in order to provide a second exit from the Red Lion Square building, as required by London County Council. Building work began in February 1928 and Conway Hall was officially opened on 23 September 1929.

Conditions Governing Access

Contact library@ethicalsoc.org.uk to make an appointment.

Other Finding Aids

A paper list with transcriptions of the deeds is available.

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